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Girardi remains noncommittal about center field plans

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 19, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

For the time being, the Yankees workouts are giving us no hints about their plans for center field. The outfielders are working in large groups, with the corner outfielders and center fielders going through the same basic fielding drills. There’s been no real assignment to left, center or right.

“I wouldn’t read too much into what we’ve done yet because we haven’t played any games,” Joe Girardi said. “We still have time to discuss what we want to do, and I want to make sure our outfielders are versatile. We were fortunate to get Ichiro last year where he could play center and left and right as well. It’s something that, if we do start toying with it, we would do it very quickly.”

It was early in the offseason that the idea of moving Brett Gardner to center field was first introduced. Since then, the Yankees haven’t shot down the idea, but they haven’t committed to it either.

“The question is — for us to sit here and stew over — if you flip-flop them, does it make you better defensively,” Girardi said. “… Do they cover more ground one way or the other, because they both can run. They both have strengths and weaknesses, and sometimes a guy goes better one way than the other. How does it work out? It’s just something we have to evaluate.”

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19 Responses to “Girardi remains noncommittal about center field plans”

  1. PacoDooley February 19th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    This thread just reminds me of how much I want to see games start so there is something tangible to discuss!

  2. tomingeorgia February 19th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Paco.
    You got that right.

  3. theREALkevin February 19th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    ““The question is — for us to sit here and stew over — if you flip-flop them, does it make you better defensively,”

    Yes. It does.

  4. Rich in NJ February 19th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    “Yes. It does.”

    It should be the easiest decision of ST.

  5. jacksquat February 19th, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    No brainer.

  6. Ghostwriter February 19th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    They should have put Granderson in left when he got here.

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Just saw this:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/.....z2LP2Yx4Cg

    Works for me! I’m continuing to believe the Yanks are serious about winning.

    :)

    Long day, just got in. Hope everyone had a great day. Talk to you on the morrow.

  8. Ghostwriter February 19th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue February 19th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Just saw this:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/…..z2LP2Yx4Cg

    Works for me! I’m continuing to believe the Yanks are serious about winning.

    :)

    Long day, just got in. Hope everyone had a great day. Talk to you on the morrow.
    ==============

    Well, I guess just the fact that they’re talking is somewhat promising. However, in the final analysis that article is a lot of nothing. I remain hopeful that the Yanks might sign him before the season starts, assuming they can find a reasonable deal.

  9. yankeehotelfoxtrot February 19th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Apparently we’re all on the same page here lol. I haven’t heard many (if any) arguments to keep The Grandyman in Center. I can totally picture him fielding a ball near the left-field line and (likely) not having to spin to make the throw. Gardy definitely covers more ground and Curt will have less overall pressure…maybe he’ll even reduce his strikeouts to every fourth at bat; every fifth at bat would be asking too much, right??

  10. Ghostwriter February 19th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    yankeehotelfoxtrot February 19th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Apparently we’re all on the same page here lol. I haven’t heard many (if any) arguments to keep The Grandyman in Center. I can totally picture him fielding a ball near the left-field line and (likely) not having to spin to make the throw. Gardy definitely covers more ground and Curt will have less overall pressure…maybe he’ll even reduce his strikeouts to every fourth at bat; every fifth at bat would be asking too much, right??

    ====

    It would be sweet if he could get to where he was a couple of years ago…

  11. Against All Odds February 19th, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Paco thanks for posting the article in regards to the Yankees developing. It was an interesting read

  12. yankeehotelfoxtrot February 19th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    I’m pretty confident that most Yankee fans would completely agree with you…a bounce-back season is definitely needed! My guess is that his BA and OBP will both improve. Mostly because I’m not sure they could get worse but also because he’s playing for a contract. They didn’t even attempt to re-sign Swisher so I don’t think that contract will come from the Yankees, regardless of his numbers. Would it be better to trade him (of course one of the kids in Trenton or Scranton will have to light it up and take over in left) and get back a few prospects or let him walk after the season and get compensated with a first round pick from whoever signs him??

  13. sammiejohnson February 20th, 2013 at 12:07 am

    yankeehotelfoxtrot February 19th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Would it be better to trade him (of course one of the kids in Trenton or Scranton will have to light it up and take over in left) and get back a few prospects or let him walk after the season and get compensated with a first round pick from whoever signs him??

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    Actually the compensation rules for FA’s have changed quite a bit with the new CBA. A FA’s old team no longer gets the new team’s first round draft pick as compensation. The new team still loses it’s first round pick, it just goes away (unless the new team has a top ten pick, then it loses it’s second round pick instead). But as compensation, a FA’s old team receives a “sandwich round” pick. This is a pick between the first and second rounds. It is a late first round or early second round pick, depending on how you want to view it. Gone are the days when you hoped that the worst team in the league would sign your departing FA’s so you could have a top pick in the draft.

  14. UnKnown February 20th, 2013 at 3:09 am

    I believe that I read a study where playing Gardner over Grandy in Center is good for an extra win to two wins. Might not seem like a lot, but I think it is definitely worth making the switch.

    Every win is going to be huge this year as it is going to be nip and tuck the entire way.

  15. Ys Guy February 20th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    i dont think it makes that much difference at YS where LF is pretty big.

    but still, you put the better outfielder in CF, right?

    but im not gonna lose any sleep over it.

  16. RadioKev February 20th, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I think I dreamed about Granderson in centerfield last night…

    Or maybe it was a nightmare :D

    Nah, he’s not that bad, but it only makes sense to move Gardner to center. Joe usually makes these ‘muddle things over’ statements, instead of grand assertions. I think he’ll make the change.

  17. Ys Guy February 20th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    in my dream i saw the yankees carrying eduardo nunez off the field on thier shoulders as mike trout kicked his glove into the dugout :)

  18. Ys Guy February 20th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    it may just the that girardi hasnt had ‘the talk’ with granderson yet and won’t tell the press till he tells grandy.

  19. LathamJoe February 20th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    IMO Brett is a better all around outfielder (and centerfielder) than Grandy. He gets better jumps, takes better routes to the ball and his arm is slightly stronger. I think the key is whether or not Grandy can adjust to playing left field as well as Gardner has adjusted. If Grandy plays marginally in Left, than the switch will not work.


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